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The last time the Senate Interim Committee on the Sanctity of Life met, members threatened to hold a Nixon administration official in contempt unless she produced documents identifying which hospital had a working relationship with Columbia's Planned Parenthood clinic.

That became a moot point when Department of Health and Senior Services Director Gail Vasterling sent the committee a letter stating that Colleen McNicholas, M.D., had received admitting privileges from University of Missouri Health Care.

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Protestors and supporters of Planned Parenthood lined the sidewalks of Providence Road outside the Columbia clinic Saturday morning. Protesters from groups like 40 Days for Life came out from across the state as part of a national day of protest. Kathy Forck, the organizer of the protest, said over 300 rallies were held around the country.

A Missouri Senate committee is threatening legal sanctions against a member of Gov. Jay Nixon's cabinet after the first day of hearings into the operations of Planned Parenthood in Missouri.

Committee chairman Kurt Schaefer, R-Columbia, on Thursday asked Department of Health and Senior Services Director Gail Vasterling to disclose the name of the hospital that has a working agreement with Planned Parenthood's Columbia clinic.  Vasterling refused.

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  Republican candidate for Missouri governor Catherine Hanaway says the penalty for selling aborted fetal remains should be a felony, not a misdemeanor.

Underscoring the political power of the abortion issue in Missouri, Attorney General Chris Koster’s announcement that he has “opened an investigation into whether Planned Parenthood clinics in Missouri have violated state law” touched off a series of actions on both sides.

Missouri's Republican-led Senate will conduct what now is the third investigation of Missouri's only abortion center.

Republican Senate President Pro Tem Tom Dempsey on Tuesday announced he formed a committee to investigate.

At issue is an undercover video released by anti-abortion activists showing Planned Parenthood's senior director of medical services discussing procedures for providing fetal body parts to researchers.

Planned Parenthood says it legally helps women who want to make not-for-profit donations of their fetus' organs for scientific research.

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  Planned Parenthood says a Columbia clinic plans to resume providing abortions in August after hiring a new physician.

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Two Republican state lawmakers plan to investigate Missouri's only abortion facility after anti-abortion activists released an undercover video showing Planned Parenthood's national medical director discussing the disposition of parts from aborted fetuses.

The video released Tuesday shows Dr. Deborah Nucatola, Planned Parenthood's senior director of medical services, discussing procedures for providing fetal body parts to researchers. Planned Parenthood says it legally helps women who want to make not-for-profit donations of their fetus' organs for scientific research.

The Planned Parenthood Center in Columbia has announced it will resume medically induced abortions at its local clinic.

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Mizzou Students for Life, a local chapter of a national anti-abortion organization, gathered in the MU Student Center Wednesday as a part of a national campaign about Planned Parenthood.  

   A new Missouri state law requiring women to wait 72 hours to have an abortion after their initial consultation is set to take effect Friday, and the state’s only abortion provider says it will not immediately appeal the measure in court.

President and CEO of Planned Parenthood of the St. Louis Region and Southwest Missouri, Paula Gianino, said attorneys for their national organization did not think an appeal would be successful in state or federal court.

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A new Missouri law requiring a 72-hour abortion waiting period is to take effect this week, and the state's only abortion clinic isn't planning to try to stop it.

The law tripling Missouri's current waiting period was enacted September 10th when legislators overrode a veto by Governor Jay Nixon. It is to take effect Friday.

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The issue of abortion in Missouri seems like old news. But it's an issue that remains very much at the forefront of Missouri politics this year.  In this year's legislative session, there are over thirty pieces of legislation touching the issue.

Planned Parenthood announces CEO's retirement

Nov 8, 2013
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Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri announced the retirement of current president and CEO, Peter Brownlie, this week. Brownlie spent 15 years advocating for women's health care rights. He said he will retire from the organization in the Spring of 2014.

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U.S. House of Representatives

Supporters of Planned Parenthood have delivered petitions with 40,000 signatures to the office Republican Missouri Congressman Todd Akin, expressing anger and outrage over comments he made about rape.

About a dozen advocates and supporters of Planned Parenthood gathered at Akin's district congressional office in suburban St. Louis on Wednesday to deliver the petitions. Akin aide Steve Taylor collected them and invited five of the protesters in for a face-to-face meeting.

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Planned Parenthood bus holds rally in Columbia

Aug 24, 2012
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A crowd of 120 supporters greeted the Planned Parenthood Action Fund’s “Women are Watching” bus tour as it rolled into Columbia Thursday evening. The Action Fund has been holding rallies across the country to energize voters in support of candidates who back Planned Parenthood health centers.